Here I will explain a summary of days 1 and 2 (November 4th and 5th) of VMworld Europe 2019 from my perspective.
So, the first official day is on Monday (November 4th) where there aren’t many people like the next day (the second day, Tuesday 5th) but anyway there are many activities to do!
This time I was awarded a blogger pass, hence, I will have the honor to be with other bloggers at VMworld while enjoying some privileges like having a reserved seat in the general session, stay with other bloggers or join some special events.
The Community: vCommunity
I think that for almost everyone that is involved in the vCommunity, VMworld means vCommunity but why?
Easy, is the main event where you can meet again your friends, make new ones and have fun with them! By the way, vCommunity means virtual community and not VMware Community 😉
This year, I was able to help as a Champion for the Tech Level up Project which is the one who made The vTrail Map (A community guide for your virtualization journey)!
IT'S HERE! IT'S READY – Here's a sneak peak of the 2019 #vTrailMap cover. Please, find a copy (or 10) and get them into the hands of the people at #VMworld that are not yet connected to the #vCommunity and help them LEVEL UP! BIG Thanks to @Cohesity for sponsoring! pic.twitter.com/ZjwJWnLGyH
— Level Up Project 🍄 (@Tech_LevelUp) August 20, 2019
You can get the digital version here for free!
Many people from the vCommunity as Champions delivered lots of physical copies of the vTrail Map at VMworld just to engage them in our community.
1st general session
Although there weren’t bigger announcements like at the VMworld US, there were some new projects and features that were announced.
Day 1 (Now talking about November 5th) is more focused on announcements about new products, strategies and gives you a better vision of what VMware has to offer with new features, insights, etc.
Here you have the link for the first session:
vBrownbag Tech Talks
On Day 1 there wasn’t much to do as we couldn’t record anything at the vBrownbag stage.
Gregg Robertson (vBrownbag member) likes to make fun of me a bit while I am performing tests on the stage:
— Gregg Robertson (@GreggRobertson5) November 4, 2019
On Day 2 we started the vBrownbag Tech Talks at the VMware Community booth from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Ariel Sánchez, Alastair Cooke and me recorded around 15 sessions where many people from the vCommunity among other companies that showed us their community programs, new features, versions, etc.
Although I was «anchored» at the VMware community booth recording people with the mixed audio and all of the vBrownbag members helping the presenters (and recording as well), it was so nice to spend time there with lots of new and old people from the community.
Also, I learned from each session that we recorded. If the topic is a bit interesting for me, it was great to hear about it and even ask the presenter.
Here you have a picture of me while I was recording my friend Jorge de la Cruz!
— Dan Belmonte (@DanGaiden) November 5, 2019
And here I share with you some events, moments and things that couldn’t be possible without the vCommunity.
All these moments are perfect to meet new people, engage with them and have fun!
In the early morning (6:45 AM) we did a run on the first day (November 4th) with some people from the community. It was so nice but at the same time painful to wake up at that time…
— Dan Belmonte (@DanGaiden) November 4, 2019
There was a second run scheduled for November 6th but I couldn’t attend so I assume that it wasn’t done.
So, a run for me in the morning and at night…soccer, no, vSoccer!
Jorge Torres organized a match between friends within the community and it was fantastic. We rent a field and after the match, we had a light dinner with some finger-food, omelets, etc. I absolutely recommend you to join the next one!
— Jorge Torres (@J_Kolkes) November 4, 2019
Well… this can happen at any hour… Gregg, Ariel and I love Street Fighter so, if you want to play with us at VMworld (or online) just let us know.
We have our own hashtag: #vStreetfighter
— Dan Belmonte (@DanGaiden) November 4, 2019
Another amazing event from the vCommunity (organized by Fred Hofer). This is always done on the second day (November 5th) before the general session. There is a special place where we have a great breakfast and if there is a sponsor (Runecast) you will have it for free 🙂
But the main point here is, meet new people, talk with them and have a nice breakfast before going to the conference center!
Just finished a great #vBreakfast with the #community folks, worth getting up early for! Thanks to @Fred_vBrain and @lessi001 for the organisation and to @sferk and the whole @Runecast team for sponsoring. Great conversation! pic.twitter.com/jAoQErxGF0
— Dave Simpson (@bfd_diplomacy) November 5, 2019
And that would be all I wanted to share from the first 2 days, I will post the remaining ones in the same format.
I hope you enjoy it!